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Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  408 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Originally published in 1949, the unusual plot takes the Darcys into the realm of the Gothic.
Mr. Darcy must appoint a new rector at Pemberley, which affords the author the opportunity to introduce a host of new characters to mingle with the beloved and familiar ones of Jane Austen.
A delightfully witty plot, full of surprises:
"Who could have foretold that Dr. Robinson, w
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1949)
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It is with great pleasure that I learned that the classic Pride and Prejudice sequel, Pemberley Shades by Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt, would be re-issued in September by Sourcebooks. Originally published in 1949, it was the second Jane Austen sequel ever to be written and not easily available for purchase unless you were lucky enough to find a small boutique publisher’s edition or a second-hand copy offered at outrageous prices for a first edition. Having existed as the ultimate mysterious and al ...more
Sheila Majczan
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Unlike some sequels that start immediately where "Pride and Prejudice" ends, in "Pemberley Shades" we drop in on the Darcy's during their third year of marriage. We see that things haves settled nicely for them, they have established a routine, and learned much about each other. In the midst of this "happily ever after" Darcy searches for a new rector for his parish and has trouble finding anyone who can measure up to his standards (he most likely will not choose anyone who gives any resemblance ...more
Pemberley Shades by D. A. Bonavia-Hunt is subtitled “a lightly Gothic tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy,” but very little happens that could justifiably be termed as sinister or bizarre. There is a mystery about one character’s true identity, but we are informed of that almost immediately and Bonavia-Hunt is unable to create a sense of danger or suspense; even when the person who is not Stephen Acworth is making improper declarations or has one or another of the ladies alone. The depiction of character ...more
Jul 19, 2011 Loralee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Recommended to Loralee by: Laurie
Shelves: chick-lit
I have read Pride and Prejudice several times. It's my favorite Jane Austen book (I've read everything she's written.) When my sister-in-law told me about this sequel, I was intrigued. Who doesn't want to know the "rest of the story?"

This book picks up a few years after Elizabeth and Darcy are wed. They now have a precocious 2 year old son. They are living together very happily, in spite of Aunt Catherine's dire predictions that their marriage is doomed. However, the need to hire a new rector a
Georgiana 1792
A few SHADES, more lights

Pemberley Shades fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1949 ed è il secondo sequel in assoluto di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio. Al contrario di Old Friends and New Fancies — il primo sequel di Sybil G. Brinton, scritto nel 1913 — D. A. Bonavia-Hunt poteva dare un volto ai suoi protagonisti. L’immaginario collettivo, infatti, poteva immaginare Mr Darcy come Sir Laurence Olivier ed Elizabeth Bennet come Greer Garson.
Non sappiamo se la Bonavia-Hunt abbia visto il film — molto poco
Two words to describe this sequel: simplistic and refreshing.

The writing style and storyline had a simple elegance to it. And while the plot was predictable in places, it was straightforward and believable. As this sequel was published in 1949, the author had no preconceived movie version of Darcy and Elizabeth, and therefore character development stemmed purely from her interpretation of Austen's original work. It was a nice change of pace to read a story written for the original characters an
Now this was fun! According to my knowledge this is the second sequel to Jane Austens novels ever to be written. And I must say this is the first one I really enjoyed reading.
The characters are sort of true to the original characters of Pride and Prejudice, though given the time difference they did developped a bit. Not only Darcy is severe when it comes to propriety but it seems that Elisabeth got that from him also and speaks like a book and seems to be quite unforgiving in situations where I
Carol Perrin
Pemberley Shades: Pride and Prejudice Continues

Deception and lies do not get passed the Darcys and Gardiners. The Personage is in need of a new Rector of Pemberley. Many responses come to Darcy, including one from Mr. Collins, and Darcy is having difficulties choosing a candidate. One name stands out and Darcy goes to London to interview him. Unbeknownst to Darcy, Stephen Acworth has a brother born from a French actress and his father. Their father dies before he could change his will to include
Pemberley Shades, originally published in 1949, is widely considered to not only be the first Pride and Prejudice sequel, but first published form of FanFiction. Bonavia-Hunt’s writing style is great; she conjures up beautiful images of Pemberley and the surrounding area, and characters that are true and believable because they are all flawed, all well-developed.

Yet, I thought the story was lacking that spark, that something special that kept it moving. It’s get dull at times with too many walks
After all the disastrous results of trying Jane Austen sequels, prequels and other "fanfiction", I was ready to go through yet another cringe-worthy experience when my sister picked this up for me from her school library. Surprisingly, I found this one the most enjoyable Pride and Prejudice sequel I had ever read.

Experience had taught me to lower my expectations and accept that authors would be hard pressed to produce a work that matches Austen's literary style, tone, wit, and also stay generall
The first of the P&P "sequels" I've read that really seemed to capture the characters - and produce a story that didn't make me roll my eyes. There's no teeth-clenching passages of Elizabeth admiring Darcy's sexiness, or vice versa; nor does the author seek to punish the characters she dislikes. Instead, this is an at times melodramatic, but surprisingly believable, story of Elizabeth and Darcy dealing with a man who is not what he seems on top of the everyday problems that come from running ...more
What can I say about this one? Me, the skeptic who remains ever-doubtful that the perfect sequel exists? I loved this one! I did! Last week, I talked about what I expected out of an Austen sequel..."I don't expect the writer to be Jane Austen. I don't expect her to try to channel Austen when she's writing. I don't expect her to match Austen's literary style or her wit. Just a teeny tiny smidgen of it is good. If she can capture just a small trace of the charm or humor (or both) then that's enoug ...more
Lisa Houlihan
This was actually fine. I read it with pleasure instead of with loathing for both self and text. Perhaps an unrepeatable advantage for this author was to be educated and write before 1950. The plot was reasonable; neither Kitty's nor Georgiana's de-riguer marriage felt forced; Lydia and Mrs. Bennett were absent, which is wise because inimitable; and though also inimitable, Mr. Bennett was in fine form; best of all, conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth rang truthyish.
Tracie Nichols
I somewhat literally stumbled on this title as I was shelving books in a part of the library where we house infrequently circulated older fiction books. The author has mostly achieved the tone and pacing of an Austen work, and the story was not inconsistent with something that might have happened subsequent to the events detailed in Pride & Prejudice. For me, it was an altogether pleasant and well-done read.
Probably the best pseudo-Austen book Zi have read but still not stellar. It hits close enough to the mark to be enjoyable but the characters often seem out if character and the reasons given for their out of character behavior seem contrived. Harmless enough, though.
This was an enjoyable P&P sequel. The author did a good job in maintaining the style, language and personalities of the characters P&P fans know and love. The story was interesting, although not really much of a mystery in what occurred, and the new characters that were added were a nice counterpoint to the familiar ones.

There was some fun dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth, as well as between Elizabeth and several other characters. If you are a Pride & Prejudice fan, I would reco
Danielle Reily
Normally I don't like Austen sequels, but this is a definite exception. This book was interesting and did a great job mimicking Austen's style. I recommended this novel to anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice.
A general comment of the book is that is not bad, or at least it follows the Austen path of characters and places. So, it is a good sequel which is not turned into something too modern, as I have read in some other occasions. Anyway, it is a bit slow. There are too many walks and they are too long, so I guess this book could have been a bit better with less walking around :P What I found strange is that the Bennet family is not much considered, maybe it would have been nice to see Elizzabeth's p ...more
One of the first Austen sequels. Darcy & Elizabeth are well drawn in this. Georgianna seems off, somehow.
I was eager to read this book. I was curious to see what happened to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. While this story was interesting in its own right, it was very difficult to get into. It moved slowly. And though easier to read than Pride and Prejudice, it felt like I was being talked at as opposed to enjoying the ride along with the characters. I wish there had been more dialogue as those sections moved quickly and were far more enjoyable to read.
If you are curious about what may have happened to El
I enjoyed this sequel of P&P. It takes place three years after the marriage so we find Elizabeth secure and in charge as Mistress of Pemberely.

The banter between her and Darcy was fun to read and the way Bonavia-Hunt wrote the dialog between them left me in no doubt they were still as much in love and understood each other very well.

I wish Elizabeth hadn't been so slow figuring things out - that made her seem a little dunce. But, seeing as she was SO busy keeping guests, I guess I won't comp
I loved it! I thought the prose was excellent, but this may have a lot to do with the story being written in 1949 as well as Bonavia-Hunt's life experiences. I deeply enjoyed the "mystery", and was most please about the conclusion. I was surprised with the omission of characters we regularly see in sequels, such as Col. Fitzwilliam, but I liked the new characters very much. I was most impressed with Bonavia-Hunt's characterization of the original characters, it was very authentic and captivating ...more
The author continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet, now married to Mr Darcy. I wasn't expecting to like this story very much, as I imagine it difficult to achieve the literary excellence of Jane Austen. However, the characters were very engaging & the story was fun. Mystery, folly, and manners are very similar to Pride & Prejudice. There are elements of romance but, in my opinion, not nearly as "delicious" as written into Pride & Prejudice. The use of "vintage vocabulary" is aptly ap ...more
Nice Jane-like voice, but tumbles to an ending as tho' the author chased away from her writing desk.
i don't quite understand why this sequel has retained such a legendary status amongst austen fen. the writing isn't bad, but the story itself is predictable. and elizabeth calling darcy "fitz"? please. this edition definitely does a disservice to the author as it's riddled with errors -- missing or randomly inserted punctuation, as well as erroneous and extraneous words -- that made reading a less than enjoyable task.
A really good twisted tale with lots of ins and outs and mysteries to be solved. And elopement. There must be an elopement in a Pemberley story. Not everyone is what they seem or claim to be in this one. A very fun plot and good use of the characters - they stick to their same personality as they have in the book.
Gothic? Not so much. One Byronic character and a plot twist given away on the back cover do not a Gothic novel make. A decent P&P sequel? Yes. No vagaries of modern language thrown in willy-nilly here. No Elizabeth-doing-things-that-would-have-her-firmly-tossed-from-society. No random horrible events for the sake of random horrible events. It's fairly light, a quick read, and has some sparkles of wit about it.
Wow, a Pride and Prejudice variation published in 1949! It's a wonderful, semi-Gothic tale that was quite enjoyable. I want to give it a 3.5, but I'll round it up to a 4. ;) The plot was really different, revolving around Darcy having to replace the rector at Pemberley and including a visit from Lady Catherine and her insipid daughter, Anne. Definitely an intriguing read!
Le premesse c'erano e lo stile riprendeva parecchio quello della zia Jane, ma c'è una flessione pazzesca a metà libro, tutto quello costruito precedentemente cede ad una noia mortale, per poi riprendersi sul finale, per fortuna. Actworth resta comunque, IMHO, il personaggio migliore, quello pieno di sfaccettature, mentre alcuni altri restano troppo bidimensionali...
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